Melvina Lesmeister instilled work ethic


Melvina (Grismer) Lesmeister, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the Strasburg Care Center in Strasburg, N.D.

Melvina Lesmeister

Melvina Lesmeister

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Bowdle. Interment followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle.
Melvina Elizabeth Grismer, daughter of Madalena (Fix) and Frank B. Grismer, was born May 27, 1930, at Hillsview, the second oldest of 10 children. Her family farmed near Bowdle and Melvina had fond memories of her childhood, even though it was full of hard work. Her formal education ended by third grade. While her younger siblings went to school, Melvina stayed at home to help on the farm during the Depression years. She could recall standing on a stepstool to make bread for the family.
Melvina was married to Adam J. Lesmeister and later divorced. They resided and farmed in Eagle Butte.
When she was no longer on the farm, she worked at the Sacred Heart Rectory in Aberdeen and later settled in Mobridge where she worked as a seamstress and cleaned homes, earning a well-deserved reputation for spotless cleaning.
In later years, she was a devoted member the Ladies Emblems Club for the Willcox, Ariz., Elk’s Lodge. She was awarded numerous ribbons for her beautiful and meticulous rug thatch hooking. One of her proudest accomplishments was being an advocate in a landmark case in South Dakota for the needy to receive energy assistance. Melvina instilled in her children good work ethics and performed countless acts of kindness to her friends, especially those who were unable to get around.
She is survived by her two sons, Michael E. (Marcelline) Lesmeister of Eagle Butte and Andrew D. Hulm of Deadwood; one daughter, Madonna M. (Bill) Montano of Willcox, Ariz.; two brothers, Leo Grismer and Joe Grismer, both of Bowdle; four sisters, Mary Wentz of Tucson, Ariz., Leona Schmidt of Oahe Manor, Gettysburg, Madonna (Oscar) Carlson of Java and Betty (Harvey) Heyd of Long Lake; six grandchildren, Lynnette Lesmeister, Tammy (Neil) Tolton, Frank (Terri) Lesmeister of Carlsbad, N.M., Stephanie and Jennifer Hulm and Theresa Montano; 11 great-grandchildren, Londell and Lyle Lesmeister, Thomas Roy, Robert, Samuel and Matthew Tolton, Adam, Dyllan, Julia and Luke Lesmeister, and Tim Hensley; and a godchild, Ben Grismer.
She was preceded in death by her father on July 11, 1975; her mother on May 17, 1979; three brothers, Frank, Andrew and Adam Grismer; two grandchildren, Julia Kathleen Lesmeister and Amanda Michelle Lesmeister; three brothers-in-law, Val Wentz, Antone Hartze and Donnie Schmidt; two sisters-in-law, LaVera Grismer and Bertha Grismer; and Adam J. Lesmeister, on Aug. 24, 1993.
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